Saturday, February 15, 2014

A New Direction for 2014

It has been a long, long time since I have blogged, and a lot has happened and changed since I last put words to my post.  I decided to begin writing thoughts I am willing to share about a new interest in my life.  I will probably lose card-creator followers, possibly gain followers interested in my new venture, or I may lose everyone.  It will be interesting to see where this leads.  I do want to say that I still have most of my card-making "ingredients" and still make the occasional card, but time has not permitted me to be immersed in this activity as I was during the time I blogged about it. 
My new interest was born from a recent event.  I just finished a book that was put before me out of the blue on an app I have called BookShout.  The name of the book is "Following Atticus", and the name alone caught my attention.  After reading the brief synopsis of the book, it looked like something I might enjoy and so I purchased the book for my Kindle and began reading immediately.  It drew me in, chapter after chapter and it didn't take long before I finished it.  The book was endearing and inspiring in so many ways.  I loved the way it was written but I truly loved the subject matter.  Now for this homemaker who has never been considered the least bit adventurous, I was especially gripped, due to the story, with a desire to not only start hiking, but to hike the White Mountains.  There are several reasons this appeals to me.  I'm a person who likes to be "doing" something.  My husband keeps saying he would like to travel, but traveling for travelings' sake doesn't do much for me.  I know, I'm weird.  The thought of traveling with a plan, -a plan of hiking, with a goal in mind for the hiking - saying you've hiked the 48 4,000'ftrs, - now that appeals to me!  My husband, the very in-shape, ready-for-an-adventure person that he is would leave next week if we could.  That's not going to happen, but I am planning on getting in better shape, getting essential gear, and then we can take off for the mountains and see just what we're facing.  I've purchased some books, one which I am thoroughly enjoying called "It's Not About the Hike," and it's getting me excited about doing this.  So many thoughts go through my mind which include my eagerness to do this and my fears about doing this.  Our journey isn't even going to take place for another three months, but I figure I have plenty to do to get ready and in shape, so this is a journal, of sorts, about the journey that leads to the journey. If you care to follow me on this new adventure, then stay tuned.  I plan to do a weekly update leading up to our end-of-May adventure.  Once on the adventure, I'm hoping to post a whole lot more of the hiking itself and hopefully the beautiful views that await us at the top.  Thank you in advance for any encouragement you might offer. 

1 comment:

Sue from Oregon said...

Hello Karen! How exiting for you! Can't wait to read about your progress!